ALC 215

Stories of The Strange: From Fox Spirits to The Monkey King in Chinese Literature

The cultures that have occupied modern-day China have left incredibly long and varied written histories. Among these histories accounts of the strange and anomalous are often overlooked, and yet they provide a wealth of critical information about culture in a broad sense. This class uses analysis of stories of ghosts, demons, fox-spirits and other anomalies from over 2000 years of Chinese literary history as a way to understand Chinese fiction generally, but also to shed light on the ways in which authors approached issues of identity, the other, society, and conceptions of the transcendent.